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Arab League calls for int’l probe into Israeli crimes

Jordan renews call for recognising East Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital

By Agencies - May 17,2018 - Last updated at May 17,2018

This photo taken on Thursday shows a general view of the Arab League Foreign Ministers meeting in the Egyptian capital Cairo (AFP photo by Mohamed El Shahed)

CAIRO — Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit on Thursday called for an international probe into “crimes” committed by Israeli occupation forces against Palestinians during a protest on the Gaza border on Monday.

"We call for a credible international investigation into the crimes committed by the occupation," Abul Gheit said at the opening session of an extraordinary meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo to discuss the developments.

For his part, Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi told the gathering that the region is at a dangerous crossroad, where oppression, anger and despair will result in a new cycle of violence whose repercussions will affect the region and the world.

Safadi stressed that Israel cannot continue to kill innocent people, confiscate land, build settlements and take unilateral measures aimed at obliterating the Arab-Islamic and Christian identity of occupied Jerusalem and undermining the two-state solution.

Safadi called on the international community to shoulder its moral, humanitarian and legal responsibilities and launch an independent international investigation into Israel’s massacre against civilians in Gaza and demanded protection of the Palestinian people from the Israeli occupation’s policies.

Safadi also called on the world to recognise East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, 1967, which is a necessary step to curb Israel’s aggression and an important message to the Palestinian people that the world still cares about them.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al Maliki suggested on Thursday that Arab countries should recall their ambassadors to the United States in response to Washington moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem.

“There is no harm in Arab states collectively recalling their ambassadors in Washington to their capitals for consultations,” Maliki said in live televised remarks at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been protesting for seven weeks to be able to return to their historic homes they fled in 1948 and which later became part of Israel.

Israeli forces killed at least 60 Palestinians on Monday when tens of thousands of Palestinians had gathered near the border.

The violence happened on the same day that the United States opened its Israel embassy in Jerusalem. Another two Palestinians were killed on Tuesday.

“We are facing a state of blatant aggression against international law and legitimacy which was embodied by the US embassy’s transfer in the occupying state to Jerusalem,” said Abul Gheit.

Israel has come under mounting international pressure over the deadly violence. Its forces have killed 116 Palestinians since a campaign of protests on the Gaza-Israel border was launched on March 30.

“Our meeting today comes at a time of utmost importance as the US has moved its embassy to Jerusalem,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir, who chaired the meeting, said in the opening session of the meeting called by his country.

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Leaving our countries a half-baked casserole dish for integrity and well-being pilferers is absolutely, without sarcasm or doubt, the most insane thing to do.

We want the pan-Arab nation to be a self-determined and wholly independent union of Arab nations with a centralized prosecutory court of international justices, a centralized fund for public infrastructure, education, medical, and living expenses, and we want it to have a proactive military that has the capacities and abilities to tackle the threats of foreign war hedons.

Calling for an international probe will only send a message that we are weak and reliant on the international community to solve our problems. However, forming our own war crimes court will solidify our resolve to be independent and self-determined, all within a framework with the end result of defeating Zioterrorism of course, and not letting them keep on killing and terrorizing everyone and expelling everyone from their homes and terrorizing everyone with homeland extermintion commissions, threats, and acts.

WHICH ARAB LEAGUE ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE?. THE ONE THAT HONESTLY SUPPORTS THE PALESTINIAN PEACE ACCORD BASED ON THE UN MANDATES OR THE ONES THAT TRADE HIS PEOPLE FOR PROTECTION, MONEY AND POWER. I THINK THAT THE ARAB WORLD SHOULD NOT GET INTO THIS ONE. WHAT IS NEEDED ID A MULTI-COUNTRY CONFERENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS CHAIRED BY THE UN CHIEF. THERE CAN BE NO VETO JUST AS APPLICABLE TO OTHER SIMILAR CASES. THE ARAB WORLD AND THEIR LEADERS HAVE FAILED AND NOT CAPABLE OF ANY MORE ROLE IN THIS UNFORTUNATE SITUATION. WHEN PEOPLE READ SOME OF MY POSTINGS, THEY PROBABLY THINK THAT I AM TAKING SIDES WHICH IS NOT TRUE AND CAN NOT BE SO. THE FACT IS THAT I HAVE SEEN SO MANY INJUSTICES IN MY LIFE TIME, DO UNDERSTAND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, SAW WHAT HAPPENED IN SOUTH AFRICA, SAW ISLAMOPHOBIC PUBLIC POLICIES IN ACTION, SAW HOW HOW THE WAR IN KOSSOVO BROOK OUT AND ENDED, SAW THE IRAN-IRAQ WAR, CONTINUED TO SEE AFRICAN AMERICANS BEING LABELLED THE AXIS OF S-HOLE, SAW WHAT HAPPENED TO SOME CARRIBIAN CITIZENS IN UK, SAW THE LYBIAN MODEL OF REGIME CHANGE, WAS IN AMMAM THE DAY SADDAM WAS DEPAPITATED AND OF COURSE THE WORLD CAN NEVER FORGET WHAT HAPPENED UNDER HITLLER AND NEVER AGAIN AND NEVER EVER. WHILE MY WISHES MAY BE WISHFUL, PEACE ON EARTH IS NOT NEGOCIABLE BECAUSE IT IS OUR DUTY, OUR BOND AND SHOULD BE OUR DESTINY. SALAM AND PEACE BE WITH ALL AS RAMADAM BEGINGS WITH THE HOPE OF GOD BLESSING TO ALL RACES AND RELIGION.

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